Chronic urticaria: frustrating but manageable for many

Many patients with chronic urticaria spend years in misery trying to find the cause of their hives, but the long-term approach should be for alleviation of their symptoms, according to a leading dermatologist.

University of Melbourne dermatologist Professor Rod Sinclair (pictured) says patients with chronic urticaria may be put through unnecessary and expensive allergy testing or spend a long time trying to track down dietary or environmental triggers but they are often “clutching at straws”.